Mourinho returning to Real Madrid – Friday’s gossip

Roma manager Jose Mourinho is set for a shock return to Real Madrid this summer, replacing current Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti who will take over as Brazil head coach. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)external-link

Liverpool are making moves for highly-rated midfielder Jamal Musiala with the 20-year-old unhappy he is not a guaranteed starter at Bayern Munich. (Mirror)external-link

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe does not want to be the next England manager despite the Football Association putting him on a shortlist of potential candidates to replace Gareth Southgate. (Telegraph)external-link

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s proposed deal to take a 25% stake in Manchester United is unlikely be completed in time for the opening of the January transfer window, stunting the side’s ability to spend big this winter. (Mail)external-link

Chelsea are set to activate an option to extend 21-year-old Ian Maatsen’s contract until summer 2025 as the Blues hope to dissuade the left-back joining Barcelona. (Evening Standard)external-link

Only a “sensational offer” would convince Rangers to sell Jack Butland, 30, to Championship side Birmingham City, with new manager Wayne Rooney making the ex-England goalkeeper the Blues’ top transfer target. (Birmingham Live)external-link

Inter Miami head coach Gerardo Martino has confirmed his side’s interest in Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and hopes to lure the 36-year-old, currently playing for Gremio in Brazil, to the MLS in January. (ESPN) external-link

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has ruled out signing Lionel Messi, 36, from Inter Miami in January, having tried to bring the Argentine back to Camp Nou last summer. (Fabrizio Romano on X)external-link

But Barcelona’s sporting director Deco remains adamant Messi will eventually return to his former club. (Sun)external-link

Saudi Arabian club Al Ettifaq are set to sign free agent Jesse Lingard. The 30-year-old ex-Manchester United midfielder, who is training with Steven Gerrard’s side, has been without a club since leaving Nottingham Forest this summer. (ESPN)external-link

Manchester United will offer one-year contract extensions to defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelof and pen a new deal with midfielder Hannibal Mejbri. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

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